China building rail links along border, India watching

India admitting it was aware of China developing rail links in its border areas and said.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 18:23 PM IST

New Delhi: Admitting that it was aware of
China developing rail links in its border areas, including
Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions, India on Wednesday said it
keeps a "constant watch" on all developments having a bearing
on its security.

"Government is giving careful and special attention to
the development of infrastructure in the border areas opposite
China, in order to meet our strategic and security
requirements and also to facilitate the economic development
of these areas.

"This includes the states of Jammu and Kashmir,
Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh,"
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said while replying to a
question in the Lok Sabha.

He said government keeps a "constant watch" on all
developments having a bearing on India`s security and takes
all necessary measures to safeguard it.

China`s developmental activities in the border region
also includes the proposed extension of the Qinghai-Tibet
Railway line up to Nyingchi.

Replying to another question, Krishna said the
government is aware of China`s enhanced economic and
technological capabilities in execution of infrastructure
projects in developing countries, including the recent reports
of a Chinese company wining a contract with the Sri Lanka
Ports Authority for construction of the Colombo South
Container Terminal.

-PTI